Raiders swap pick for Lea­son

18-year-old cen­tre­man tal­lied 18 points last year with Tri-City

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - SPORTS - DAILY HER­ALD STAFF

The Prince Al­bert Raiders added some size to their crop of for­wards on Wed­nes­day, trad­ing for cen­tre­man Brett Lea­son with the Tri-City Amer­i­cans.

In ex­change for Lea­son, the Raiders sent the Amer­i­cans a 2018 third-round ban­tam draft pick, which they had a orig­i­nally ac­quired last sea­son from the Washington-based team in a trade for then-Raider Ry­lan Par­enteau.

Through 68 games with the Amer­i­cans last year, the six-foot-four-inch Lea­son scored 8 goals and had 10 as­sists for 18 points, which in­cluded one pow­er­play goal and one game-win­ning goal.

He’s listed at 206 pounds on the Raiders’ ros­ter.

In a press re­lease sent out by the Raiders, gen­eral man­ager Cur­tis Hunt said, “Brett will be a good com­pli­ment to our group of for­wards. He has good size and a good hockey sense.”

The 18-year-old is from Calgary. Through 12 games this sea­son, he has one goal.

--The hockey club also re­as­signed two of its play­ers to the ju­nior A level on Wed­nes­day.

For­ward Brock Sot­tile was sent to the Lloy­d­min­ster Bob­cats of the Al­berta Ju­nior Hockey League, while goalie Ni­cholas San­ders was sent to the same hockey level, but has yet to de­cide which ju­nior A team he will play for.

The Raiders traded for Sot­tile on Sept. 19, send­ing a con­di­tional draft pick to the Spokane Chiefs for the 18-year-old.

Through ten games this year, Sot­tile had one as­sist and tal­lied 21 penalty min­utes. He pri­mar­ily saw pro­duc­tion on the Raiders’ fourth line as a grinder.

San­ders came to Prince Al­bert by way of the Par­enteau trade with Tri-City on Oct. 13, 2016.

Through four games with the Raiders this year, San­ders earned a 0.854 save per­cent­age and a 4.89 goals against av­er­age.

He had one loss and one over­time loss. “Both play­ers have been great ex­am­ples of what it means to be a Raider,” Hunt said. “We wish them the best in their hockey ca­reers.”

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